Candide Character Analysis

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During his journey, Candide is able to comprehend the outside world and acknowledge that everything is not ‘the best of all possible worlds.’ While at Venice, Candide confess something that he never thought he would say, “how much better it would have been for me to have remained in the paradise of El Dorado than to come back to this cursed Europe! You are in the right, my dear Martin: all is misery and illusion” (page 126). As he goes through different places and experience new things, Candide starts to acknowledge the outside world. Candide goes through so much labor that it shaped him to become a more mature person with a open mind. In a conversation with the old man and Cacambo, he thought to himself “This is vastly different from Westphalia and the Baron's castle. Had our friend Pangloss seen El Dorado he would no longer have said that the castle of Thunder-ten-Tronckh was the finest upon earth. It is evident that one must travel” (page 84). Going to different places influence Candide to question Pangloss’s philosophy and learn new ways. Furthermore, he learns from the places he visited and take in from people’s experiences, resulting to comprehend the outside world. Candide learns that in-order to get the happiness he desires, there’s labor and determination to have the …show more content…
Candide’s last line “We must cultivate our garden” represents that people are responsible for their own happiness in life. “Cultivate” means hard work and labor while “garden” symbolizes one’s happiness. Candide had to work in his journey to get Cunegonde back, but only to find happiness. “We must cultivate our garden” illustrates Candide’s transition from Philosophical Optimism, to believing the world can become better. Candide provides a new outlook on life that with labor and happiness “We must cultivate our